Team BMW's Colin Turkington is optimistic of rising forward from 11th on the grid after a water leak scuppered his progress during this afternoon's qualifying at Donington Park.

Turkington's afternoon came to a halt with six-minutes of the shootout left to play when the water leak, which hit his WSR prepared BMW 125i M Sport, triggered a red flag thanks to numerous cars running off-track at the Old Hairpin from the resulting fluid.

Whilst Turkington admitted his frustration in not being able to showcase the BMW's true potential, the former double BTCC champion took solace from the issue occurring in qualifying, rather than damaging his race.

"Yeah I lost a bit of track time at the end with a water leak. There was potential to improve there but the positive was that we had the issue at the end of qualifying and not during race one tomorrow," Turkington told

"We'd like to be further up the grid but that's the circumstance today. That was the first time we've had that issue. I had a time in the bank so it would have been worse for it to have occurred tomorrow morning.

"There was more speed in the car so it was frustrating not to be able to deliver the lap time but things like that are outside of my control. That's how it is."

Whilst Turkington remains content with the balance of his BMW, the 35-year old is hoping further improvements will help 'limit the damage' from 11th on the grid.

"We can make progress from 11th. We'll just try and improve the balance as much as we can and keep heading forward tomorrow and limit the damage," Turkington continued.

"The BMW has been good, particularly in FP1. We had a good balance. There's a good car in there but things just went a bit against us in qualifying. I think we've still got a fast car. The times are very tight so we'll keep charging tomorrow."



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